It doesn’t matter what sort of camera you are using – film, camera, digital camera, even a smartphone, the image composition is important for it to be seen as a ‘good’ photo.

Imagine being on holiday with a once in a lifetime view, you want to take a few photos to treasure the memories but you rush it and they don’t turn out great when you get round to looking at them when you get home. Taking a little bit of time to frame and compose your photos pays off and gives you some amazing photos to capture your memories.

Follow our top three tips and see if you get an improvement in your photos – don’t be afraid to move things that may be in the way of your photo too…

The rule of thirds

composition - the rule of thirds The rule of thirds is a way of dividing an image up to give it structure and is one of the most talked about ways of composing a photograph.

The important part of the image should be positioned either along one of the lines or where the lines intersect each other. On most cameras or camera apps nowadays, you are given the option to display a grid similar to the one shown on the left – this helps you to compose your shot and get a level and well-structured image.



Using natural lines
composition using natural lines
Use the lines within the subject of the photo to let your eyes easily flow around the scene.

Take a look at the subject and see if the lines draw your attention to anything specific – use those lines in the composition of your photo to guide peoples eyes through the photo.

Remember lines don’t have to be straight, it could be a curvy road from one corner of the photo to another.



using symmetry for composition Look for lines of symmetry when taking photos – they can look amazing if you get it just right, but don’t be afraid to experiment with different angles.

Some lines of symmetry are man made, others natural – and the most spectacular are the unexpected ones – for example two swans on a lake facing each other looking as if the photo is mirrored.



Now you have some ideas on how to compose your images, get out and have fun experimenting! Let us know in the comments if there is anything else you have found to be useful…